Friday, 17 November 2017

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge - Things Found In A Kitchen

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Things Found in a Kitchen

This week the topic is 

Things Found in a Kitchen.

Here is my entry:

Egg cups

Oven Gloves


Last summer we came down to a frog on the kitchen floor – 
we can only assume the cat brought us a present!

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Cee's Foto Fun - Letter M

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter M – Needs to have 2 M’s anywhere in the word

This week is Letter M

– Needs to have 2 M’s anywhere in the word
(mammal, monument, moment, hammer, summit, etc.).

Here is my entry:


Emma Bear

No. 1 Mum


Unicorns and Mermaids

Field of Remembrance 2015 where a poppy, in memory of my Great-Uncle Walter Kelly, is situated in Plot 302. He lost his life, along with all 89 crew men when their ship, H.M.S. PHEASANT hit a mine and sank on 1st March 1917.

Friday, 10 November 2017

Cee's Black and White Challenge - Weather

This week the topic is Weather.  

here is my entry: 

December mist in country lanes

Snow in December

February skies

April rain – 
husbands waiting for wives to finish 
Tai Chi outdoor practice – 
mine is in the middle!

Sunlight in the garden in May

August – storm clouds

Summer evening sunshine in pub garden

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Cee's Fun Foto - Letter L

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter L – Needs to have at least two syllables

This week is Letter L – Needs to start with the letter L and have at least two syllables (lollipop, label, luxury, lighthouse, lumber, letter, lilac, etc.). 

Here is my entry: 

Lego set

Lighthouse at Dungeness 

Dungeness lighthouse – situated on South East coast of England.  Here is a link for this Grade II listed building if you would like to know a bit more about the building.  It is open to the public.

Lilac matinee jacket 

Lobster dinner with new potatoes and creamy garlic mushrooms

Lobster on shutter door of fish stall

Friday, 3 November 2017

Cee's Black and White Challenge - Pets

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Pets

This week the topic is Pets.

Brainy Bella doing the crossword


Loki, Huskita, paddling in a canal – my son and daughter-in-law’s rescue dog.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

LETTER K Cee's Foto Fun Challenge

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter K – Needs to have the letter K anywhere in the word

This week is Letter K – Needs to have the letter K anywhere in the word (knife, kite, kick, back, racket, etc.)

Sailing Knots 
Kitty's Kitschenette
Christmas Pets & Kisses on Kindle


Saturday, 28 October 2017

Cee's Black and White - Bricks or Stones

This week the topic is 

Bricks or Stones

Here is my entry:

Stone House

Stone House full view

A mill stone set in to a brick wall

Stones at a garden centre

Stone path

Friday, 27 October 2017

Cephalopod Coffeehouse: October 2017

Cephalopod Coffeehouse: October 2017

Welcome one and all to the Cephalopod Coffeehouse, a cozy gathering of book lovers, meeting to discuss their thoughts regarding the works they enjoyed most over the previous month.  Pull up a chair, order your cappuccino and join in the fun.

After a rather average couple of months in the reading sphere I was lucky enough to be able to read this book as an Advanced Readers Copy.  I am delighted to say it is the best book I've read this year, ten months in.  In my view it worth more than 5*.



J.A. McLachlan 

Here is the blurb on the book:

Would you pay someone to bear your sorrow? 
During the middle ages, a peasant's superstition held that a mother mourning the death of her child could "sell her sorrow" by selling a nail from her child's coffin to a travelling peddler. 

Lady Celeste is overwhelmed with grief when her infant son dies. Desperate to find relief, she escapes the convent where her husband has sent her to recover and begs a passing peddler to buy her sorrow. Jean, the cynical peddler she meets, is nobody’s fool; he does not believe in superstitions and insists Celeste include the valuable ruby ring on her finger along with the nail in return for his coin. Jean and Celeste both find themselves changed greatly by their transaction, but all their attempts to reverse the effects of their fateful choice fail.

When Celeste learns that without her wedding ring her husband may set her aside, she determines to retrieve it—without reclaiming her sorrow. But how will she find the peddler and convince him to give up the precious ruby ring?

If you like realistic medieval fiction with evocative prose, compelling characters and a unique story, you’ll love this incredible, introspective journey into the south of France in the 12th Century. Buy The Sorrow Stone and begin your journey today. 

Now here is my 5* review:

WOW!  This is the best book I've read this year.  Superbly written.

Set in South of France during 12 Century it is the story of Lady Celeste and a peddler called Jean.  The book gripped me from the beginning to the end. 

Fantastic writing.

I’m almost stuck for words – good, superb, brilliant and many more adjectives in the same vein, to try and do this book justice.

The story encompasses the time brilliantly, from barbaric acts to acts of kindness, from superstition to religion to heretics, the poor and the rich.  It evokes everyday living from the smells and sounds of the straw on the floor to the dangers of travelling the road alone.  How grief can consume somebody’s mind, how superstitions can play havoc with the mind. 

If you like historical fiction set in medieval times then this is a book you will enjoy reading.

I was gripped by the story, by the writing, by the emotions evoked by this book.  

I do hope there are more books to come by this author.  

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Cee's Foto Fun Letter J

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: 
Letter J 
Needs to contain the Letter J 
and be at least 6 letters long

This week is Letter J  

Needs to contain the Letter J and be at least 6 letters long 

(juggler, jackpot, bluejay, enjoying, subject, pyjamas).

Here is my entry:

Majestic Wine Warehouse

Pyjama set for my grandson 

Delivery lorry 

Jayden bear